Daily Archives: March 24, 2019

March 24 After the Darkness

Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:13–16

Key Verses: Colossians 1:13–14

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

Think about a time in your life when you were sitting comfortably in a brightly lit room during a thunderstorm. Perhaps you had an overhead light, a lamp, and the television illuminating everything in view. Then, without warning, you heard a loud crash of thunder and everything in the house went completely dark. Suddenly, your own corner of the world disappeared, and you sat shaken in a blanket of darkness.

The dark can be rather intimidating, can’t it? In one fell swoop, our masterfully created eyes are rendered useless. In a room through which we normally run without thinking, we are required to go slowly, one step at a time, judging each stride carefully against a mental image of the room’s layout.

While most people do not like this feeling of helplessness, there are some benefits. For example, the slow pace causes us to stop and make decisions: Do I take one more step? Is this as far as I should go? Also, the dark times make us better appreciate the moments in life when things are crystal clear.

Sometimes, our spiritual lives seem to darken a bit, and we find ourselves inching along with our hand stretched out before us as we desperately seek the Lord. Don’t fear these times. Instead, treasure them as moments when God wants you to tread carefully and make wise decisions. When the darkness is over, you will be amazed at how brightly His glory can shine.

Lord, when life is at its darkest and I am inching my way along, rather than give in to fear, help me to trust You to guide my steps.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 87). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Mark Levin Discusses Mueller Report and Media Role in Perpetrating False Russia Collusion Story… — The Last Refuge

Fox News host Mark Levin appears on Fox Weekend to discuss the Mueller report, AG William Barr’s role in the next steps, and the media’s role in pushing the false collusion narrative.

Levin walks through the current DOJ laws, rules and regulations that guide the AG steps and how Pelosi and Schumer are attempting to subvert that process for political gain.

via Mark Levin Discusses Mueller Report and Media Role in Perpetrating False Russia Collusion Story… — The Last Refuge

March 24 Abundant Life

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43

Key Verses: Isaiah 43:18–19

Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

In The Root of the Righteous, A. W. Tozer urged readers, “Keep your feet on the ground, but let your heart soar as high as it will. Refuse to be average or to surrender to the chill of your spiritual environment.”

As believers, we must live out the truth given to us in Hebrews 11. Our citizenship is registered in heaven where we have an eternal destiny. When we view life with this perspective, our outlook is positive and hope filled.

We are fully alive through Jesus Christ, who lives in us by the power of His Spirit. In fact, we are much more alive now that we have received God’s Son as our Savior than when we walked this earth in physical form only. We are alive eternally to spiritual things that were once beyond our ability to understand.

The Old Testament saints could only imagine what was to come. They lived and died in their faith. However, they were not disappointed. Their devotion to God—and His to them—was sufficient for all their needs.

Are you living as Tozer suggested, keeping your feet firmly planted in the truth of God’s Word, all the while dreaming and thinking of what God has for you in the not-so-distant future? This is the faith that draws you even closer to the reality of God’s precious love. Jesus came so that we might have abundant life now—a tiny foretaste of what is yet to be.

Almighty God, I want to keep my feet on the ground while my heart soars to heights unlimited. Help me not to surrender to the chill of my spiritual environment. Plant my feet firmly in Your Word as I dream of the unlimited future You have planned for me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 87). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.


Attorney General Bill Barr released his letter to Congress Sunday afternoon summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

BREAKING: AG Bill Barr Releases Letter Summarizing Mueller’s Report: “Special Counsel DID NOT FIND Trump Campaign Conspired with Russia”


FOX legal expert Jake Gibson told the FOX audience this is a BIG WIN for President Trump.

Reuters reported:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election did not find that any U.S. or Trump campaign officials knowingly conspired with Russia, according to details released on Sunday.

Attorney General William Barr sent a summary of conclusions from the report to congressional leaders and the media on Sunday afternoon. Mueller concluded his investigation on Friday after nearly two years, turning in a report to the top U.S. law enforcement officer.



BREAKING: Mueller States: ‘While This Report Does Not Conclude That the President Committed a Crime, It Also Doesn’t Exonerate Him — The Gateway Pundit

Attorney General Bill Barr delivered a 4-page letter to Congress on Sunday afternoon summarizing Mueller’s main finding after two years of a witch hunt against President Trump.

The summary was released Sunday afternoon and it showed that Mueller did not exonerate President Trump of obstruction of justice or find that he committed a crime.

Mueller’s Report also said: “Special Counsel DID NOT FIND Trump Campaign Conspired with Russia”

This of course is perfect fodder for the Democrats – and they will use this to keep harassing the President and to keep investigating him.

Mueller’s attempted coup of President Trump ended on Friday when he gave his final report to the Justice Department and AG Bill Barr with no new indictments.

Barr sent a letter to Congress on Friday confirming that Mueller had free rein to investigate and do whatever he wanted — Mueller was basically King of the Justice Department for almost two years.

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) sounded off on Sunday.

via BREAKING: Mueller States: ‘While This Report Does Not Conclude That the President Committed a Crime, It Also Doesn’t Exonerate Him — The Gateway Pundit

Leftist strategy for socialist ‘takeover’ revealed | WND

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. (video screenshot)

A commentator who recently released a video analysis charging that freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is actually an “actress” and “puppet” of political operatives now has released a new series of charges.

This time, he alleges, leftists plan to run extremists under both the Democratic and Republican party banners in primaries to ensure an extremist wins.

It is actor, writer and political commentator Christopher Patrick Kohls, operating under the moniker of Mr Reagan, who has released the new claims.

Naming names and playing recordings of their boasts, he explains some of those who worked with Ocasio-Cortez on her surprising primary and general election victories are openly talking about tricking even Republicans into voting for socialists “they thought were conservatives.”

They plan to look for someone within each district that fits the culture of that district but is a dedicated leftist. Then, whether they run as a Democrat or a Republican, the leftists are controlling the results.

The video:

He says the organizer behind the project is a political activist named Zack Exley, who once suggested finding 500 Elizabeth Warrens and running them for Congress “as a slate.”

“These people believe they will be benevolent dictators,” Mr Reagan explained.

But they are communists with a touch of social-justice warrior, anti-white and anti-Christian.

“Their bigotry stems from what they believe is a noble goal, social justice,” he said.

Not only are they trying to take over Congress, they have the same plan for district attorneys nationwide, since it those officials who decide on prosecutions, which cases to drop, sentencings and more.

In his earlier video, Mr Reagan said Ocasio-Cortez “is not really the congresswoman of New York’s 14th Congressional District.”

“She is essentially an actress. She’s merely playing the part of a New York congresswoman.”

Kohls explains that in 2017, a progressive group that formed in response to Trump’s election called the Justice Democrats held “auditions” for potential congressional candidates to run on their platform.

As evidence, he runs a clip from a Justice Democrats video.

“Back in 2016, we put out a call for nominations,” says the group’s executive director, Alexandra Rojas. “We got over 10,000 nominations. Out of those 10,000 nominations, we found Alexandria.”

Ocasio-Cortez herself, in another video, says her brother nominated her.

“My brother told me that he had sent my nomination in the summer, but I was, like, literally working out of a restaurant then. And I was like, there’s no way,” she says.

Justice Democrats, on its website, says it aims to reform the Democratic Party by running “a unified campaign to replace every corporate-backed member of Congress.”

In a feature on the group, the New York Times noted that in 2018, Justice Democrats endorsed 78 candidates and recruited 12 to run for office.

Of those 12, Ocasio-Cortez was the only one who won her general election.

However, six other endorsed candidates won, and among them are two other freshman House members who have joined Ocasio-Cortez in challenging the power of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Muslim Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

Source: Leftist strategy for socialist ‘takeover’ revealed

FULL LETTER: AG Bill Barr Releases Letter Summarizing Mueller’s Report: “Special Counsel DID NOT FIND Trump Campaign Conspired with Russia” — The Gateway Pundit

Attorney General Bill Barr released his letter to Congress Sunday afternoon summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

BREAKING: AG Bill Barr Releases Letter Summarizing Mueller’s Report: “Special Counsel DID NOT FIND Trump Campaign Conspired with Russia”


via FULL LETTER: AG Bill Barr Releases Letter Summarizing Mueller’s Report: “Special Counsel DID NOT FIND Trump Campaign Conspired with Russia” — The Gateway Pundit

A Key Voice – John Ratcliffe Discusses Mueller Report…. — The Last Refuge

It should always be remembered that Representative John Ratcliffe is one of only a few members of congress who have seen every single document across the entire spectrum of classification.

Rep. Ratcliffe appears on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo for a lengthy discussion on the Mueller probe, report, and the findings.  Additionally and importantly, Ratcliffe then shifts to discuss the corruption of the DOJ/FBI and how accountability might soon surface.

The second segment with Ratcliffe is below.

The conversation with Ratcliffe continues at 11:05 of the video (prompted, just hit play):


via A Key Voice – John Ratcliffe Discusses Mueller Report…. — The Last Refuge

Michael Goodwin: Why Obama and Clinton should now be probed

What did President Obama and his administration do, and why did they do it?

Now that special counsel Robert Mueller has completed his investigation, it is tempting to breathe a sigh of relief and assume that our long national nightmare is over. Resist the temptation, the assumption is false.

We are not close to the end. Not by a long shot.

In fact, I believe the last two years, as traumatic as they were, will prove to be the easier part of the nightmare, because Mueller dealt only with whether Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign conspired with Russia to swing the election. Based on what we know so far, especially that no more indictments are coming, it appears that Mueller’s answer is no, there was no collusion or obstruction of justice.

If true, this is an enormous vindication for Trump, who insisted all along that he had done nothing wrong. Supporters were understandably in a celebratory mood, with some saying on Twitter that it felt like 2016 election night all over again.

Meanwhile, Trump’s vindication is a devastating rebuke to Democrats and their media handmaidens, all of whom insisted his guilt was guaranteed. Their legacy is that they ruined their own credibility, and their continuing efforts to destroy him by innuendo and investigation can only add to their disgrace.


Source: Michael Goodwin: Why Obama and Clinton should now be probed

Born From Above | White Horse Inn Podcast

In John 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus that unless he is born again, he can’t even see the kingdom of God. What are the implications of this idea on the popular concept of free will? Apart from God’s gracious intervention, do people have the ability to make a decision to join a kingdom which they can’t even see? What does it really mean to be born again? We put some of these questions to pastors at a recent convention, and on this program the hosts will interact with their responses as they continue their series on the Gospel of John.


Hidden In His Protection

The Outspoken TULIP

This world isn’t friendly towards anyone who takes Christ or His Word seriously. And since Obergefell, the hostility has become a great deal more open. No wonder we struggle with feelings of vulnerability!

Thankfully, we serve a Savior Who loves us passionately and tenderly. However the world may harm us emotionally, financially or even physically, He lovingly keeps our souls under His protection, assuring of of abundant spiritual blessings. He calls us to take refuge in Him as we delight in the pleasures of His glory and holiness. What a comfort to be hidden in His protection for all eternity.

I have always loved the hymn that I’m posting today because it reminds me to take shelter in the Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps you also will find encouragement in its lyrics to trust Him as He hides your soul in the depths of His love.

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March 24 Meeting with God

Scripture reading: Ephesians 3:14–21

Key verse: Psalm 55:17

Evening and morning and at noon

I will pray, and cry aloud,

And He shall hear my voice.

Some people are afraid to ask God for the little things. They think that somehow He is too big and too busy to care about the trivialities of their lives. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Catherine Marshall explains in her book Adventures in Prayer:

Oddly, we who are afraid to ask that the pain of rheumatism be removed or a lost contact lens be found, often do not hesitate to pray for world peace or the salvation of souls or a revival to change the face of our time. It never occurs to us that if God’s power is lacking for these everyday prayers, His power to handle big, all-inclusive petitions will be lacking too.

In order to make sure that we are not retreating from the tension of faith, it is helpful to ask ourselves as we pray, “Do I really expect anything to happen?” This will prevent us from going window-shopping in prayer. At times window-shopping can be enjoyable, but there it ends …

So we decide to ask His help with some small immediate need. Our asking is like stepping into a tiny anteroom. Taking a hesitant step forward, we discover that the anteroom leads into the King’s spacious reception hall.

To our astonishment, the King Himself comes forward to meet us, offering a gift so momentous as to be worthy only of the King.

Lord, thank You for the invitation to come into Your presence to meet and fellowship with You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 87). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

So Obama knew all along about deep state’s bid to Get Trump… | American Thinker Blog

Recently released emails on the scope of the FBI’s FISA abuse point to a president being let in on the action.

Has President Obama finally been caught in the act? Was he in on the FBI’s FISA abuse all along?

Townhall editor Katie Pavlich has dug up something pretty interesting from the trove of newly released emails from the ultra-chatty FBI officials Lisa Page and Andrew McCabe, noted earlier here. She writes:

Next, while Page and McCabe are refusing to clarify, it appears the Obama White House may have been directly briefed on the matter.

She cites this news report from Fox News as the indicator:

On Oct. 14, 2016, Page again wrote to McCabe, this time concerning a meeting with the White House.

“Just called,” Page said to McCabe. “Apparently the DAG [Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates] now wants to be there, and WH wants DOJ to host.  So we are setting that up now.  … We will very much need to get Cohen’s view before we meet with her.  Better, have him weigh in with her before the meeting. We need to speak with one voice, if that is in fact the case.” (“Cohen” is likely then-Deputy CIA Director David Cohen.)

McCabe responded within the hour: “Thanks. I will reach out to David.” On Oct. 19, Page wrote to McCabe that the “meeting with WH counsel is finally set up.”

Neither Lisa Page nor McCabe responded to Fox News’ inquiries as to whether the meeting was designed to brief the White House on the FISA application or some other matter.

Seems like the Fox News question was pro forma. Could such a meeting, a month before the election, back when Hillary Clinton was projected to win, have been about anything else? Would these deep-staters, lining up with their plot to frame Donald Trump, really have lined up as a group to tell the White House Counsel all about their FISA abuse during those electric times and then asked the man to keep the information away from the president? Would the White House counsel have taken in such a meeting and then kept the news to himself, despite his job description? Would Obama have been incurious about such an unprecented meeting?

Color me skeptical.

It very much looks like Obama was in on the plot all along, getting his briefings about it and smiling to himself. And as GatewayPundit has speculated, it certainly would have made sense from Obama’s point of view:

What was Obama’s motive? Simple, he knew if he did that for Hillary, he’d own the next President of the United States, and could blackmail her with the truth till the end of time. It literally would have given him a 3rd and 4th term.

Which is pretty creepy, but also perfectly believable.

Obama, as it happens, has a certain style of governance that is above all characterized by meddling and interference. Here are a few examples from Obama’s post-presidency that I wrote about a few days ago – Obama’s little minions trying to interfere in the Jussie Smollett case, interfering for sure in the Roseanne Barr firing, and maybe having some involvement in the elitist college admissions scandal. They interfere like crazy because they are accustomed to interfering, sticking their fingers in every pie if it benefits them politically. Would Obama have benefited politically from some FISA abuse to spy on Trump and his advisors? Darn tootin’ he would.

Which way down on the horizon raises some questions about whether there should be legal consequences for the illegal activity. If we don’t want to see more of it from Democratic leaders, maybe there has to be.

Image credit: Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project, via Change.org, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Source: So Obama knew all along about deep state’s bid to Get Trump…

The New Age MESS Called the “Message”

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

I wrote this article over two years ago. Today I felt in my spirit that I needed to bring this out once again.  The New Age movement is spreading like never before. It is even accepted in many so-called Evangelical churches. Contemplative prayer, Christian Yoga, Grave Soaking……..brethren, it just never ends what people will believe and accept as from God. These people have no discernment and cannot tell the difference between God’s Holy Word and the “whispers” of the devil.

The Holy Word of God has been nudged away, and in its place has come the devil’s lies.  Many Christian parents know all too well that this is happening to and has happened to their children.

In the past few years, I have written on the Mysticism of Kabbalah. The following article speaks much about Mysticism in New Age teaching, and unfortunately now from pulpits in our churches as well…

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What is the Fascination With Tim Keller? — Reformation Charlotte

There was a time when the old, the tried and true, were revered and honored as they’ve withstood the test of time. This is particularly true in the historic Christian Church. Theologians would always stand on the foundations of the preceding generations of tested works and expositions because of the rich foundation of exegetical work that ancient faithful put in them and the knowledge that could be extracted from these works.

Today, it seems like more and more we toss aside the solid works of historic theology in favor of the modern, the fresh, and the new. Tim Keller is a prime example of this as he represents a wave of postmodern thinking that has so infected the Church. Works of the Puritans and the Reformers and works of the early Church fathers — these collect dust on the bookshelves as many have given them a backseat to the influx of the nuanced and noncontroversial.

Yet, Keller, adds very little to the treasury of knowledge we have about our God and I would actually argue that his contributions have caused more harm than good. In fact, through Tim Keller, the postmodern mindset has become a normal way of thinking and teaching in churches and seminaries.

Read more: What is the Fascination With Tim Keller? — Reformation Charlotte

March 24, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

Be Like Your Heavenly Father

Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (5:48)

The sum of all that Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount—in fact, the sum of all He teaches in Scripture—is in those words. The great purpose of salvation, the goal of the gospel, and the great yearning of the heart of God is for all men to become like Him.

Teleios (perfect) basically means to reach an intended end or a completion and is often translated “mature” (1 Cor. 2:6; 14:20; Eph. 4:13; etc.). But the meaning here is obviously that of perfection, because the heavenly Father is the standard. The “sons of [the] Father” (v. 45) are to be perfect, as [their] heavenly Father is perfect. That perfection is absolute perfection.

That perfection is also utterly impossible in man’s own power. To those who wonder how Jesus can demand the impossible, He later says, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26). That which God demands, He provides the power to accomplish. Man’s own righteousness is possible, but is so imperfect that it is worthless; God’s righteousness is impossible for the very reason that it is perfect. But the impossible righteousness becomes possible for those who trust in Jesus Christ, because He gives them His righteousness.

That is precisely our Lord’s point in all these illustrations and in the whole sermon—to lead His audience to an overpowering sense of spiritual bankruptcy, to a “beatitude attitude” that shows them their need of a Savior, an enabler who alone can empower them to meet God’s standard of perfection.[1]

Perfecting the Saints

Matthew 5:48

At an early point in the Sermon on the Mount the Lord Jesus Christ taught that if a man is to enter heaven he must possess a greater measure of righteousness than the righteousness possessed by the scribes and the Pharisees, the most religious and respected men of his day. As he taught this doctrine a person might easily have said, “You teach that a man can enter heaven only if his righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and the Pharisees. All right, then, how much in excess of their righteousness must the saved man’s righteousness be? If the Pharisees can be credited with having attained seventy or seventy-five percent of the standard, what must our goodness be? Is seventy-six percent sufficient? Or is eighty percent necessary? How good must a saved person be?”

To these questions Jesus now answers with a statement that is devastating to all human attempts to earn heaven, a statement that is meant to turn men to God’s grace and away from all man-made attempts at salvation. Jesus said, in summary of all his previous teaching, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48).

I believe that this verse is the most important verse in the Sermon on the Mount. It is the climax of the first of the Sermon’s three chapters, and it is the midpoint, the pinnacle, from which much of the later teaching follows. I believe that if you understand this verse, you understand the essence of all that Jesus Christ is teaching. And, what is more, you understand the heart of the Christian gospel and of the Bible generally.


What does it mean, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”? What is perfection? The first and the best way to answer this question is by studying the words that are translated “perfection” in the Old and New Testaments.

The first word is tam or tamim. It means to be entirely “without defect” or “without blemish.” Thus, it is used of the sacrificial animals that were to be without blemish and without spot (Exod. 12:5; 29:1; cf. 1 Peter 1:19; Eph. 5:27). It has a negative connotation. The second word is shalem, which means “whole” or “complete.” This word speaks of perfection in a positive sense. Shalem is related to the common Hebrew greeting shalom (“peace”); it suggests the ideas of security, soundness, and well-being. In the New Testament the major word for perfection is teleios. This word means “complete” as when a ship is fitted out perfectly for sea or a legion of soldiers is equipped in all respects for battle. In the moral realm the word means “blameless.”

When these various definitions of the word are put together they show us that God’s standard for a man is complete and utter moral rectitude. He is to have nothing lacking of all that he should be, and he is to have no blemishes. In short, he is to be as blameless as the Lord Jesus Christ.

When we have said this, however, we have also made it clear that no one lives up to this standard. For all men fall short of such perfection, and in doing so they show themselves to be sinners. That is what sin is. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The verb in that verse is a word taken from the practice of archery, and it refers to the arrows of those who fall short of and therefore miss the target. In other words, if the target were to be set up at one end of a football field and all the archers were to line up at the other end of the field and shoot their arrows, the verb would refer to the shots of all those who did not reach the target. That is what all men have done. God’s standard is a bulls-eye, and no one has ever hit it or ever will. All men fall short. Consequently, no one will ever enter heaven by his own efforts.

“Well, then,” you say, “what is a person to do? What am I to do?” The answer is that you must turn away from your own efforts completely and receive instead the perfection which God has already taken steps to provide for you. Nothing that you will ever do will be perfect. Only what God does is perfect. Hence, if you are to reach the perfection which God requires, it must be as the result of his working for you and in you.

God’s Working

In the course of my preparation for this study as I looked up all the verses in the Bible that speak about perfection, I came across a paragraph that I had never noticed before but which was striking to me, chiefly because it makes this point so succinctly. In the eighteenth Psalm David speaks of perfection twice, once of God’s perfection and once of man’s. The point of the verses it that God is responsible for both kinds. In verse 30 David writes, “As for God, his way is perfect.” Then two verses farther on he adds, “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect” (v. 32). Who is God? God is the One who is perfect. What does he do? God works to perfect sinful men.

Now, how does he do it? The answer to that question is a tremendous answer because it involves the whole counsel of God. It has several parts. First, God begins by perfecting the record. Second, he works at perfecting us in this life. Third, he perfects us completely in all ways at the moment of our death.

How does God work to perfect the record? And what does that mean anyhow? Well, the background to what that means is to be found in the fact that sin consists in far more than what it does merely to the individual sinner. Sin involves others, and sin is an offense to God’s justice. It cannot be ignored or even simply forgiven. It must be dealt with. Consequently, God the Father sent God the Son to die for the sin of others, bearing sin’s penalty and canceling all claims of justice against the sinner forever. This is the meaning of the cross of Jesus Christ. It is not simply an example, still less a meaningless tragedy. It is the place at which God punished sin and canceled its claims against all those who should believe in Jesus. The author of Hebrews speaks of this aspect of God’s work of perfecting his children when he writes, “Because by one sacrifice he [Christ] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” (Heb. 10:14).

The second way in which God works to perfect the believer is to begin to perfect him more and more in this life. This too is necessary. It is true that the believer has been perfected forever by his faith in Christ in one sense, but it is equally true that he is far from perfect in another sense. Paul knew this. Thus, when he wrote to the Philippians he wrote of two distinct types of perfection. He said, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Phil. 3:12). And then, practically in the next breath he added, “All of us who are mature should take such a view of things” (Phil. 3:15). Clearly, although he knew that his record had already been cleared before God on the basis of his faith in Christ, he was aware of the practical work of his being perfected that still lay before him.

Each Christian should also find this to be true in his own experience. When a person first believes in Jesus Christ as Savior, he normally has a great sense of joy and gratitude to God for removing the penalty of his sin, the sin that had previously condemned him. He is thankful. He is liberated. At the same time, however—and quite apart from these things—he is still not much different in terms of his natural inclinations and conduct than he was previously. Before he believed the gospel he was filled with many wrong ideas about who God was and what he was like. He was wrong about himself and about what God required of him. He had bad habits. Now he is saved, but many of these wrong ideas and wrong actions remain. What is to happen? Well, he is to begin to learn that many of these things must change. He is to develop a distaste for sin and a hunger for righteousness. In other words, he is to experience the second aspect of God’s work of perfecting.

This does not mean that the man is getting better and better so that the day will come when he will be able to say that he no longer sins. Some Christians must have said this in John’s day, for he wrote to them, saying, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). It means that the man is becoming more and more ready to turn to God for daily and sometimes hourly forgiveness and cleansing.

It is the old principle of the seesaw in theology. It is the principle that if God is up in theology, man is down; and if man is up, God is down. Both can never be up or down at the same time. Some persons have man up and are always talking about how well man is doing, but then they have a very small God because there is not much need of him if a man can manage so well on his own. Others, the ones who know their Bibles, have man down. Then God is everything, and he becomes increasingly wonderful to them. That is what God wants because he knows that as we get lower he will get higher and we will look to him for the help, strength, and encouragement which we so desperately need.

The final stage of God’s work in perfecting the saints is to perfect them completely in the moment of death. It is this fact that transforms death for Christians. Death is an enemy—even the Bible calls it that. But it is also the portal to that total perfection which we will never know in this life. Paul called death “a gain” (Phil. 1:21), and when he compared the life of eternity to the continuation of this life he said that the first was “better by far” (Phil. 1:23). He knew that death brings the believer into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, and he knew that it results in the believer’s becoming Christ-like. He becomes like Jesus in holiness, knowledge, love, wisdom, humility, obedience, and all his other perfections.

That is salvation. It is past, present, and future; it touches every aspect of our living.

An Inflexible Purpose

I want to present one more verse on this subject. It is a great verse, for it teaches that God’s purposes in this process which I have been describing are absolutely unshakable and that, therefore, what God has begun in the moment of your salvation he will work to continue without interruption throughout life. The verse is Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” In other words, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, God already has begun the work of perfecting you; and because God does not change, his purposes will not change. God never begins a thing that he does not intend to finish.

Do you see what that means? For one thing, it means that no one who has believed in Jesus Christ will ever be lost. Were you the one who was responsible for your becoming a Christian? Not at all! It was God. He called you. He straightened out the record. If there was ever a moment in your life in which you seemed to be seeking God, it was only because he was there beforehand moving you to do it. That is why we sing:

I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew

He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me;

It was not I that found, O Saviour true;

No, I was found of Thee.

God finds us. God calls us. God perfects us. And God never begins a thing that he does not intend to finish.

Second, it means that you will inevitably become like Jesus. What does the verse say? It says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” What is the “good work”? Well, the answer is not given very clearly here in Philippians, but it is given clearly in Romans 8:28–29. Here Paul speaks of God’s great purpose in calling the Christian, which is “to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” God is so delighted with Jesus Christ that he has set the whole course of creation and human history in motion just so he could call out a race of sinful human beings, put his life with them, and transform them to be like his Son. The result is that there will then be millions of “Christs” where there was only one before. This does not mean that we shall become divine, of course. The Bible does not teach that. But we shall be like him. We shall be like the Lord Jesus; and we shall be so inevitably, because it is God himself who does the transforming.

The third thing this verse means is that God will not give up in his purpose of making you become like Jesus Christ, even though you may want him to give up. There are times when you will. The day will come in your Christian experience when you will sin and find that you like it. You will say to yourself, “I think I would just like to keep on sinning this way.” What will happen then? The answer is that God will begin to work on you. He will begin to poke you and to prod you and to whittle you, even to knock you around a bit if necessary, until you get out of your sin and back into the way he has marked out for you.

Moreover, the prodding will get rougher and rougher so long as you persist in your own way. Why? Because God must be true to his nature, and his nature is set against sin. He loves you, but he must lead you aright. He must be true to his own purposes, and his great purpose is to make you become like the Lord Jesus.

As far back as in the Book of Hosea there is a picture of how God did this with the Jewish people in Hosea’s day. The people had been disobedient, and God had been forced to judge them for their sin. Yet he continued to love them. So he says that he is going to come to them like a moth, gently, in order to get them back to himself. He says, “I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah” (Hos. 5:12). However, if Israel will not repent says God, then, “I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away; I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them” (v. 14). It is a great principle. God is determined to lead you in righteousness. So when you sin, he will deal gently if he can. But he will also deal roughly when he must. In fact, he will even break your life into little pieces if he is forced to do it.

Oh, Christian, learn this lesson, and do not force God to come to you as a roaring and ravaging lion! Learn to recognize the flutterings of the moth—those slight inconveniences, those little failures, that restlessness, that miscarriage of your plans—that warn you of God’s displeasure at your present course of action and of his desire to turn you back to himself. If you learn that, you will go on from strength to strength, and you will rejoice that he who hath begun a good work in you will keep on perfecting it until the day of Jesus Christ.[2]

48. You shall therefore be perfect. This perfection does not mean equality, but relates solely to resemblance. However distant we are from the perfection of God, we are said to be perfect, as he is perfect, when we aim at the same object, which he presents to us in Himself. Should it be thought preferable, we may state it thus. There is no comparison here made between God and us: but the perfection of God means, first, that free and pure kindness, which is not induced by the expectation of gain;—and, secondly, that remarkable goodness, which contends with the malice and ingratitude of men. This appears more clearly from the words of Luke, Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful: for mercy is contrasted with a mercenary regard, which is founded on private advantage.[3]

Conclusion: the demand for perfection (5:48)

48 Some interpret this verse as the conclusion of the last antithesis (vv. 43–47; e.g., Allen, Hendriksen). In that case the perfection advocated is perfection in love. But “perfection” has far broader associations, and it is better to understand v. 48 as the conclusion to the antitheses.

The word teleios (“perfect,” GK 5455) usually reflects tāmîm (“perfect,” GK 9459) in the OT. It can refer to the soundness of sacrificial animals (Ex 12:5) or to thorough commitment to the Lord and therefore uprightness (Ge 6:9; Dt 18:13; 2 Sa 22:26). The Greek word can be rendered “mature” or “full-grown” (1 Co 14:20; Eph 4:13; Heb 5:14; 6:1). Many judge its force to be nonmoral here in v. 48, which becomes an exhortation to total commitment to God (e.g., Bonnard). But this makes for a fairly flat conclusion of the antitheses.

A better understanding of the verse does justice to the word teleios but also notes that the form of the verse is exactly like Leviticus 19:2, with “holy” displaced by “perfect,” possibly due to the influence of Deuteronomy 18:13 (where the NIV renders LXX teleios by “blameless”; cf. Gundry, Use of the Old Testament, 73–74). Nowhere is God directly and absolutely called “perfect” in the OT: he is perfect in knowledge (Job 37:16) or in his way (Ps 18:30), and a man’s name may be “Yahweh is perfect” (so yôtām [Jotham], Jdg 9:5; 2 Ki 15:32). But here for the first time perfection is predicated of God (cf. L. Sabourin, “Why Is God Called ‘Perfect’ in Matthew 5:48?” BZ 24 [1980]: 266–68).

In the light of the preceding verses (vv. 17–47), Jesus is saying that the true direction in which the law has always pointed is not toward mere judicial restraints, concessions arising out of the hardness of human hearts, still less casuistical perversions, nor even to the law of love (contra C. Dietzfelbinger, “Die Antithesen der Bergpredigt im Verständnis des Matthäus,” ZNW 70 [1979]: 1–15; see comments at 22:34–35). No, it pointed rather to all the perfection of God, exemplified by the authoritative interpretation of the law bound up in the preceding antitheses. This perfection Jesus’ disciples must emulate if they are truly followers of him who fulfills the Law and the Prophets (v. 17).

The Qumran community understood perfection in terms of perfect obedience, as measured exclusively by the teachings of their community (1QS 1:8–9, 13; 2:1–2; 4:22–23; 8:9–10). Jesus has transposed this to a higher key, not by reducing the obedience, but by making the standard the perfect heavenly Father. Ronald A. Ward (Royal Theology [London: MMS, 1964], 117–20) points out that in classical and Hellenistic usage teleios can have a static and a dynamic force, “the one appropriate to One Who does not develop, and the other suitable for men who can grow in grace” (p. 119, emphasis his): “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

The gospel writers refer to God as Father only in contexts pertaining to the Messiah or to believers. He is not the Father of all men but the Father of Jesus and the Father of Jesus’ disciples (cf. H. F. D. Sparks, “The Doctrine of the Fatherhood of God in the Gospels,” in Studies in the Gospels [ed. D. E. Nineham; Oxford: Blackwell, 1955], 241–62). Just as in the OT it was the distinctive mark of Israel that they were set apart for God to reflect his character (Lev 19:2; cf. 11:44–45; 20:7, 26), so the messianic community carries on this distinctiveness (cf. 1 Pe 1:16) as the true locus of the people of God (cf. France, Jesus and the Old Testament, 61–62). This must not encourage us to conclude that Jesus teaches that unqualified perfection is already possible for his disciples. He teaches them to acknowledge spiritual bankruptcy (v. 3) and to pray “Forgive us our debts” (6:12). But the perfection of the Father, the true eschatological goal of the law, is what all disciples of Jesus pursue.[4]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 1, pp. 349–350). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2002). The Sermon on the Mount: an expositional commentary (pp. 146–151). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, p. 308). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Carson, D. A. (2010). Matthew. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, pp. 194–195). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

March 23-24, 2019 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)

News – 3/23/2019

Cyclone Trevor hits Australia’s northern coast, bringing torrential rains
A vast cyclone has crashed into Australia’s northern coast, bringing torrential rains and winds of up to 250km/h (155 mph). Cyclone Trevor made landfall as a category four storm and officials have declared a state of emergency in some areas. Another storm, Cyclone Veronica, is set to strike the country’s west coast.

German police arrest 10 people on suspicion of planning Islamist attack
Police in Germany have arrested 10 people on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack. The arrests were made after some 200 police officers carried out raids in the states of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate. The men had plotted to “kill as many ‘non-believers’ as possible” using a vehicle and guns, prosecutors said.

Russia building ‘ground force’ of killer robots – including deadly swarm of cat-sized ‘bomber drones’ and self-driving TANKS
A TERRIFYING new video showcases some of Russia’s latest killer robot technology. AI-controlled mini-tanks and swarms of autonomous cat-sized drones obliterate targets in the propaganda clip released by the Kremlin. The robots are designed to assist Russian infantry, and are currently controlled by a human remotely.

‘Highly Profitable Scam’: Southern Poverty Law Center ‘Ripping Off Donors,’ Former Staffer Says
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a “highly profitable scam” that “never lived up to the values it espoused,” according to former SPLC staffer Bob Moser. The New Yorker on Thursday published a scathing essay from Moser, now a Rolling Stone reporter, accusing the left-wing non-profit of “ripping off donors” while turning a blind eye to sexual harassment and racial discrimination within its own ranks.

Syria vows to ‘liberate’ the Golan
The Syrian government on Friday vowed to recover the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump said it was time to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the region, Reuters reports. Damascus said on Friday the Golan would remain “Syrian, Arab” and added that Trump had shown contempt for international law.

Trump to lift ‘not necessary’ North Korea sanctions, White House confirms
Donald Trump has announced that he is ordering the withdrawal of recently announced North Korea-related sanctions imposed by the US treasury department. “It was announced today by the US Treasury that additional large-scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea,” Trump said on Twitter. “I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!”

Pompeo urges Lebanon to move away from ‘dark’ Iran, Hezbollah
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday urged Lebanon to pick a side as he visited the country on a regional tour to build a united front against Iran. He especially expressed concern over the role of Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Shiite movement that is targeted by US sanctions but holds three cabinet posts in Lebanon.

First Lawsuit Filed Seeking To Make Mueller Report Public; Congress To See Conclusions This Weekend
“The public has a right to know”

NOAA Issues ‘Moderate’ Geomagnetic Storm Watch for the Weekend
Residents in thirteen States could get the chance to see the Northern Lights, or the aurora borealis, over the weekend due to a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun, according to weather officials from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):

Catastrophic Flooding In The Midwest Could Last For Months, And That Is Going To Mean A Dramatic Drop In U.S. Food Production
We have never seen catastrophic flooding like this, and the NOAA is now telling us that there will be more major flooding for at least two more months.  On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that “historic, widespread flooding” would “continue through May”.

Globalism: Australia Orders US Video Streaming Platform to Remove Videos or Face Action
This is an emergency alert concerning Brighteon.com, the free speech video platform alternative to YouTube.

“Allahu Akbar”: New Zealand Recognizes Muslim Call to Prayer as News Anchors Wear Hijabs
New Zealanders across the country stopped to recognize the Muslim call to prayer as news anchors and armed police officers wore hijabs in solidarity one week after the Christchurch mosque massacre.

Marines Seize Pacific Island in Training for War With China
The U.S. Marines seized a small Japanese island in a drill vital for an all-out war with China.

Americans Outraged and Want Justice! Mueller Witch Hunt Will Go Down as Second Democrat Coup of US Government
Today it was announced that dirty cop Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel report was sent to Attorney General Barr.  Many see this as the second attempted coup by Democrats to overthrow a Republican President and as a result are outraged!

Pompeo says Trump may have been sent by God to save Jews from Iran
Asked by Christian media about current relevance of Purim story, US secretary of state says he is ‘confident that the Lord is at work here’

When Omar met Erdogan: The unearthed report from their 2017 meeting
About a year and a half ago, on Sept. 18, 2017, a relatively unknown Minnesota state representative flew to New York City to hold a closed-door meeting with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was in town for the 72nd U.N. General Assembly. This meeting of now-Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., with Mr. Erdogan, the despotic ruler of Turkey, went almost entirely unreported, as it was not open to the press and Omar was not a high-profile figure. Since then, photos of the meeting surfaced on social media, but it largely appeared that there was no report detailing what happened during the hour-long meeting.

Google Influenced Midterm Elections, May Have Cost Republicans Seats: Study
You don’t say…

Headlines – 3/23/2019

Pompeo says Trump may have been sent by God to save Jews from Iran

Trump Is Like Biblical Queen Esther Who Saved Jews in Persia, Says Pompeo

U.S. warns it can act against people helping Iran evade energy sanctions

US hits Iran with new sanctions while Pompeo visits Lebanon

Pompeo in Lebanon warns of Hezbollah’s ‘destabilizing activities’

Pompeo says pressure on Iran, Hezbollah is working

German neo-Nazi politician meets Hezbollah, supports terror against Israel

Trump to sign official declaration recognizing Golan during PM’s visit

‘Another promise kept’: 5 evangelical leaders respond to Trump’s Golan Heights statement

Trump provokes global anger by recognising Israel’s claim to Golan Heights

Trump recognition of Golan Heights as Israeli receives global condemnation

Egypt says it sees Golan Heights as occupied Syrian land

Iran says U.S. recognition of Israel sovereignty over Golan is unacceptable

Erdogan says Trump’s Golan Heights statement threatens new crisis

Trump’s Golan tweet inflames regional tensions as Syria vows to recover the strategic plateau

Trump’s Golan Heights tweet disregards decades of U.S. commitment to U.N. resolutions

23 to 8, UN rights council adopts report accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza

Human Rights Council calls to bolster UN presence in Palestinian areas

UN rights forum condemns Israeli use of force at deadly Gaza protests

2 said killed in riots on Gaza border, fire balloons cause blazes in Israel

Democrats Introduce anti-BDS Resolution That Backs Two-state Solution

Israel shuts down East Jerusalem event in French center over alleged ties to PA

Netanyahu says he’s suing Gantz, Ya’alon for libel over ‘treason’ claims

It’s scandalous that hate-filled Palestinian textbooks are funded by the UK

Dutch senator-elect says her Twitter Holocaust jokes were just tasteless sarcasm

Top 2020 Democrats snub AIPAC conference with little or no explanation, marking far-left shift on Israel

Islamic State ‘100 percent’ defeated in Syria: Trump

Kurdish forces dispute White House claim Isis is eliminated in Syria

At least 60 people killed in Ghana bus collision

Anti-government protesters held in Kazakhstan, after president resigns

Two US service members killed in Afghanistan

Defying New Zealand Government, Erdogan Continues to Screen Video of Mosques Massacre

Erdogan urges fight on Islamophobia ‘like anti-Semitism after Holocaust’

New Zealand calls for solidarity at Muslim summit in Istanbul

Six dead as car hits crowd in China, police kill driver

China says US hyping threat to justify own rising defense spending

Trump is reportedly ready to sell dozens of new fighter jets to Taiwan, and China is already furious

Trump says he’s bucking Treasury, reversing N. Korea sanctions

Trump drops new N.Korea sanctions because he ‘likes’ Kim: White House

Kirby: Trump’s North Korea tweet a dangerous way to do diplomacy

U.S. Creates ‘Additional Tensions’ by Flying Nuclear-Capable Bombers Near Russia, Kremlin Says

Mueller concludes Russia probe, delivers report to Attorney General

Mueller report handed off to Department of Justice; won’t recommend any further indictments, a senior official says

Schumer: White House must not be allowed to ‘interfere’ on Mueller report

Dow drops more than 450 points, S&P 500 posts worst day since January amid global growth worries

The bond market is flashing its biggest recession sign since before the financial crisis

U.K. Cabinet Ministers Are War-Gaming the Fall of Theresa May

Tech Experts: What You Post Online Could Be Directly Impacting Your Insurance Coverage

FEMA ‘major privacy incident’ reveals data from 2.5 million disaster survivors

New York and Chicago may see the Northern Lights this weekend due to an unusual geomagnetic storm

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Kirakira, Solomon Islands

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 25,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Harrowing scenes after Cyclone Idai with inland ocean visible from outer space

Nebraska governor calls flooding “most widespread destruction we’ve ever seen in our state’s history”

As floods sweep Midwest, individual out-of-pocket costs can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars

California governor to declare statewide wildfire emergency, waive some environmental regulations

Reality Check: Even Solar, Wind Companies Blast Green New Deal For Not Operating in ‘Political Reality’

Mount Everest glaciers are melting. And it’s exposing the bodies of dead climbers

Report: Sydney Aiello, who survived the Parkland high school shooting, dies by suicide

Florida woman livestreams suicide on Facebook

‘Snapchat dysmorphia’ behind booming Brazilian butt lift demand

Instagram to block anti-vaccine hashtags amid misinformation crackdown

“Medieval” Diseases Flare as Unsanitary Living Conditions Proliferate

New study links exposure to pesticides in early life with a small increased risk of autism

Controversial ‘Abortion Reversal’ Regimen Is Put To The Test

Michigan will no longer fund adoption agencies that refuse gay parents

Chick-fil-A banned from San Antonio airport over alleged ‘legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior’

‘Welcome aboard, Mx’: United Airlines now offering non-binary gender options ‘throughout all booking channels’

US Catholics Now as Concerned About Persecution as Climate Change or Refugees

Pastors and churches brave danger to bring relief to Venezuelans

News – 3/24/2019

Explosive device found in southern Israel after violent night along border
An explosive device carried by a cluster of balloons launched from the Gaza Strip was found in a field in southern Israel the morning after violent protests along the security fence. The device, which landed in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council in southern Israel, was removed by police sappers and caused no damage or injuries.

Muslims who stand up to Mullahs are no ‘Islamophobes’ – Tarek Fatah
“Muslims who stand up to Mullahs are no ‘Islamophobes,” wrote Toronto Sun columnist Tarek Fatah. The founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress…Fatah quoted United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan…“There will come a day when we see far more radicals, extremists and terrorists coming from Europe because of a lack of decision-making and [European politicians] trying to be politically correct.”

Italy joins China’s New Silk Road project
Italy has become the first developed economy to sign up to China’s global investment programme which has raised concerns among Italy’s Western allies. A total of 29 deals amounting to €2.5bn ($2.8bn) were signed during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Rome. The project is seen as a new Silk Road which, just like the ancient trade route, aims to link China to Europe.

How Pope Francis could shape the future of robotics
It might not be the first place you imagine when you think about robots. But in the Renaissance splendour of the Vatican…scientists, ethicists and theologians gather to discuss the future of robotics. The ideas go to the heart of what it means to be human and could define future generations on the planet. The workshop, Roboethics: Humans, Machines and Health was hosted by The Pontifical Academy for Life.

Flooding impairs drinking water treatment for Kansas City, Missouri
Record flooding along the Missouri River has impaired treatment of drinking supplies in Kansas City, raising health risks for infants, the elderly and others with compromised immune systems, the municipal water service warned on Saturday. The public health advisory came as utility crews struggled to replace broken pumps at a wastewater treatment plant submerged by floodwater about 30 miles upstream in Leavenworth, Kansas…

China refuses to concede on U.S. demands to ease curbs on tech firms: FT
Ahead of fresh high-level trade talks this week, China is not conceding to U.S. demands to ease curbs on technology companies, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing three people briefed on the discussions. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are scheduled to travel to Beijing for talks starting on March 28, the White House said on Saturday.

Mozambique tallies the dead and destruction in wake of deadly Cyclone Idai
In the week since Cyclone Idai triggered unprecedented flooding in central Mozambique, there have been speculative death tolls in the thousands, but barely any bodies recovered.

Cyclone Trevor, Cyclone Veronica: Australia’s north prepares for the worst as two cyclones approach
Two cyclones approaching Australia’s northern coast have forced residents in both Western Australia and the Northern Territory to evacuate. Tropical Cyclone Trevor, the size of the state of Victoria, touched down on the Northern Territory coast Saturday morning.

‘Drag Queen Story Time’ Canceled
…A drag queen story hour at the Houston library is being canceled, and organizers blame threats from “anti-LGBT” organizations for the decision. There was, of course, that little issue of one of the “readers” at the story time having been convicted of molesting an 8-year-old, of course.

Russia Gives US Red Line On Venezuela
“We assume that Washington treats our priorities seriously, our approach and warnings…”

FEAR: UK Schools Stop LGBT Program After Furious Muslim Backlash
Four more schools in Birmingham, U.K., have suspended an LGBT indoctrination program following a backlash by mostly Muslim parents.

Israel, US intercept long-range missiles during joint drill
PM Netanyahu lauds test, says Israel has earned a place “among global leaders” in development of missile defenses • Close military cooperation between U.S., Israel reflects shared concerns over Iran’s development of long-range missiles.

‘Muslim Terrorists’ In New Mexico Tied To Democrats
The leader, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, is the son of Imam Siraj Wahhaj, a former board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations who is on record urging a violent overthrow of the “filthy” U.S. government. The elder Wahhaj gave an opening prayer at an event at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, pointed out Matthew Vadum in an column for FrontPage Magazine.

Woman Pregnant With Quadruplets Wants to Abort the Boy Babies
A woman who is pregnant with quadruplets after suffering from infertility now is considering whether to abort two of them.

Trump Overrules 52 Years of Policy, Fires Shot Heard Round The World
“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!” Trump said.

Make No Mistake the Mueller Investigation was a Coup Against President Trump and It’s Perpetrators Should Be Treated as Such
We reported in April 2018 that DAG Rod Rosenstein was required by law to ensure Mueller had no conflicts of interest to be Special Counsel – yet there is no way Mueller could have passed a reasonable level of scrutiny!   But then Mueller created an entire team with similar and worse conflicts of interest. These conflicts prove that the Mueller investigation was a coup attempt from the start!

UK Coup Erupts: Theresa May Cabinet In Revolt, Plotting Her Imminent Overthrow
“The end is nigh. She won’t be prime minister in 10 days’ time.”

Headlines – 3/24/2019

Abbas: I agreed to US-led NATO force in ‘Palestine’ – “Trump told me I’m a man of peace”

Israel bombs Hamas as Gazans step up nighttime rioting along border

IDF fires at 2 Gaza cells launching incendiary balloons

Rocket alarm triggered by explosive hurled during Gaza protest

Jerusalem Institute of Justice requests ICC open investigations against PA chairman, Hamas leader, for crimes against their own people

Israel’s Netanyahu to play Trump card in tight election

AIPAC Says Did Not Invite 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates to Conference

Pompeo urges Lebanon to move away from ‘dark’ Iran and Hezbollah

Pompeo says no double standard in Trump’s Golan Heights decision

Druze protest in Golan against Trump’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty

IDF braces for violent protests in north after US recognizes Golan sovereignty

Erekat: Trump’s move on Golan Heights will cause bloodshed

Syria asks Security Council to uphold resolutions on Golan

The rise and fall of Islamic State, whose ‘caliphate’ is now said to be over

Islamic State group defeated as final territory lost, US-backed forces say

Trump hails fall of Islamic State ‘caliphate’ in Syria

As ‘caliphate’ ends where is its leader Baghdadi?

SDF Commander: Time to target sleeper cells following ISIS’s territorial defeat

Macron says ISIS defeat eliminates ‘significant threat’ to France

Five killed in Islamist attack on government building in Somalia

Security tops agenda as Iraqi PM visits Egypt in first foreign trip

Egypt bans singer from performing over free-speech remarks

Nigeria’s Christians slaughtered by Boko Haram amid western media silence

Militia attack on Mali village leaves at least 115 dead

Turkey’s Erdogan shows shooting video again, hours after NZ meeting

New Zealand reopens mosques that were attacked; many ‘march for love’

At New York mosque, UN chief pledges to help protect religious sites worldwide

Russian protesters rally against Kremlin policies

‘Yellow Vests’ march in Paris as troops join police to prevent trouble

Anti-Brexit marchers swarm London streets, demand new vote

Mueller wraps up – but don’t expect the hysteria to end

Mueller’s investigation ends, but divisive political circus will continue

WikiLeaks Raising $1 Million For Leaked Copy Of Mueller Report

Mueller Probe’s End Kicks Off Disclosure Fight With Democrats

Privacy group sues DOJ for public release of Mueller report

Rep. Andy Biggs: Prosecute Comey for instigating Mueller probe

Adam Schiff rejects reports that Mueller indictments are over, says special counsel could be called to testify

Matthews Fumes over Mueller: ‘How Could They Let Trump off the Hook?’

Mainstream media, celebrities stunned as Mueller report filed with no new indictments planned

Could ‘witch hunt’ Mueller report turn into Trump victory?

Mueller Report Concludes, But Other Investigations Loom

With Mueller report done, Kushner appears in the clear – at least for now

Jared Kushner’s use of WhatsApp raises concerns among cybersecurity experts

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits near El Dovio, Colombia

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits the Central Mid-Atlantic Ridge

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Pendolo, Indonesia

5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Bamboo Flat, India

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Agrihan, Northern Mariana Islands

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Bengkulu, Indonesia

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 30,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 15,000ft

Fuego volcano on Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 14,000ft

Tenggar Caldera volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Australia’s north prepares for the worst as two cyclones approach

‘Very dangerous’: Cyclone Veronica to bring 4m storm surge to northern WA

Cyclone Trevor hits Australia’s northern coast, bringing torrential rains

No food, no water: After Cyclone Idai, mounting confusion, hunger and grief in Mozambique

Flooding impairs drinking water treatment for Kansas City, Missouri

FEMA mistakes put 2.3 million victims of hurricanes, wildfires at risk of ID theft, government watchdog says

Measles outbreak in Hong Kong hits 5-year high, as Cathay employee is one of the latest to go down with highly contagious disease

Alyssa Milano tells Hollywood to leave Georgia after ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill passed the Senate

So Many Illinois Pro-Lifers Flooded the Capitol Opposing Abortions Up to Birth They Had to Shut It Down

LGBTQ United Methodist leaders gutted by church’s anti-gay decision

Barbra Streisand says Michael Jackson’s accusers were ‘thrilled to be there’ and his ‘sexual needs were his sexual needs’

Why the ‘Mormon’ church changed its name. (It’s about revelation, not rebranding.)

Chinese Pastor Criminally Detained for Opposing Unlawful Church Crackdown

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Sunday’s Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling — Rebecca Writes

Love Divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav’n, to earth come down:
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown:
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter ev’ry trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
Into ev’ry troubled breast;
Let us all in thee inherit,
Let us find the promised rest:
Take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy life receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.

Finish, then, thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be:
Let us see thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heav’n we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love and praise.

—Charles Wesley




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Thought crime science: Case studies in becoming an enemy of liberal orthodoxy — RT World News

The Western world considers itself a bastion of free thought – a marketplace of ideas. But some scholars who questioned prevailing liberal groupthink have quickly discovered that academic inquiry has tightly-controlled limits.

There are more Democrat than Republican supporters among scientists of almost every academic field in the US, voter registration studies have shown. In fields such as social studies and sociology, conservatives can be outnumbered a dozen or more to one. With such an overwhelming advantage in numbers, one might think that dissenting viewpoints in these fields would not pose a meaningful threat to prevailing orthodoxies. Unfortunately, a number of high-profile cases reveal that scholars and thinkers – some who do not even identify as conservative – risk their careers when they challenge the liberal majority.

Lisa Littman and ‘rapid onset gender dysphoria’

Lisa Littman, assistant professor at the Brown University School of Public Health, found herself the target of liberal rage after her research challenged a sacred tenant of LGBTQ dogma. She published a paper which supported the thesis that some young adults who identify as transgender but previously showed no symptoms of gender dysphoria may have been influenced to “transition” by social media, friends and their environment.

The resulting uproar caused the professor endless grief – even after an exhaustive post-publication review of the paper confirmed her key conclusions. She lost her consulting job and some local clinicians even called for her immediate firing from Brown. Ironically, Littman is not a conservative – showing that a liberal worldview won’t save you from the outrage mob. In an interview with Quillette, she claimed that she received pushback because her paper “did not support the gender-affirming perspective.” 

James Watson alleges link between race and IQ

The scientist who discovered the structure of the DNA molecule, and received a Nobel Prize for his findings in 1962, found himself on the receiving end of social justice wrath in 2007, after suggesting a genetic link between race and IQ.

According to Watson, his unpopular position on the subject quickly transformed him into an “unperson.” The ire of the scientific community eventually led to his expulsion from most of his positions, and left him bereft of public speaking opportunities for years to come. Stripped of most sources of income, Watson was forced to sell his Nobel Prize medal.

Undeterred, he recently said that he stands by his controversial idea that there’s a genetically-backed “difference on the average between blacks and whites on IQ tests.”

It was not Watson’s only eccentric idea. He believes, for example, in a link between sunlight and libido – and that doesn’t devalue his genuine input in genetic research. Nonetheless, his thought crime essentially led to his banishment from the public stage and the scientific community.

Larry Summers and female aptitude

Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who served two Democratic presidents, found himself ostracized by the left after he gave a short address exploring the reasons why women are underrepresented in tenured positions in science and engineering at elite universities and research institutions.

Summers ultimately concluded that the phenomenon may be due to a difference in aptitude at the highest levels of scientific work – but admitted his hypothesis was provocative and encouraged the audience to prove him wrong.

Instead of sparking a rigorous academic debate on the subject, Summers was dragged through the mud and labeled an unrepentant sexist. He later stepped down as president of Harvard University – a decision which many attribute to his “sexist” comments.

Although Summers provided economic guidance for the Obama White House, his remarks reportedly cost him the top job at the Treasury Department.

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